Tom, Don't worry about it... They've already collected their money... When VA/Linux (LNUX) IPOd, ESR became worth $43M, overnight. Saw his post justifying it, but thought it was lame... JMHO... Also saw a guy post that he just invested his entire retirement (something like $135K, 500 shares at $277). Now anyone that invests all their retirement in one stock deserves what they get, I s'pose. But they're also likely to hold on to the thing, until it turns back around, unfortunately. (Today LNUX closed at $2.49...) I will have gained immeasurable respect for ESR, if he held on to all 15,000 shares he was given. (I've never tracked Officer inside-trade states on LNUX... But I'm skeptical, however.) Linus may not have made out quite that well. But how much of his salary at Transmeta (producers of the Crusoe *CPU*), is due to his fame in the Linux world?!? Hard to estimate, precisely... Again, Tom, you pay nothing, directly. (Although IBM just donated $40M worth of software to the OSS community... That money COULD have gone elsewhere...) jt | -----Original Message----- | From: firstname.lastname@example.org | [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org | Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 5:04 PM | To: email@example.com | Subject: RE: Changed to: Interactive Tax | | | On Fri, 28 December 2001, "jt" wrote: | | > Linux = Linus and ESR rake in millions on the work of migrant | laborers... | | I know almost nothing about how this works. If I manage to | install Linux and start writing programs that run on that system, | how do I end up giving money to either Linus or ESR? | | Tom Liotta
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